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Mom can no longer keep up with household chores – beds are unmade, there’s expired food in the fridge and unopened mail on the counter.

Dad spends less time with his friends and more time sitting in his recliner.

Is it time to suggest in-home care?

“It’s never easy to admit that you need help with day-to-day activities — especially for seniors, because they worry it’s the first step toward losing their independence,” said Teresa Steinfatt, vice president of Business Performance at Tudor Oaks Home Care partner HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “While care conversations can be very challenging, it’s important to have them before a crisis occurs.”

Continue reading Mom, Dad – We Need to Talk

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If you’re caring for a loved with with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may have noticed an increase in confusion, anxiety or even aggression at the end of the day. This type of late day confusion is often referred to as sundowning.

“Sundowning is not a disease itself – it’s a group of symptoms that is marked by signs of anxiety, sadness, confusion, irritation and pacing or wandering,” said Linda Lundeen, Care Advocate Success Trainer at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “It’s called sundowning, because behavior change typically starts around dinner time and often continues into the night.”

Continue reading What is Sundowning and What Can You do About it?

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Does your mom still have decorative throw rugs scattered around her home?

Is your dad’s living room cluttered with magazines, newspapers, books and other items?

Do you worry that your aging loved one’s shower may not be safe?

If you answered yes to any one of those questions, your senior’s home is probably not aging friendly.

Continue reading Home Safety Month: Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

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Each year in the United States, more than 5 million people are treated for skin cancer – with most cases found in people age 65 and older.

“Summer is here, which means we’ll all be spending more time outdoors soaking up the sunshine,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “While sun exposure does have benefits – including mood improvement – too much exposure can be harmful. For seniors, many of whom have thinner skin, the risk is much higher.”

Continue reading Summer Skin Safety Tips for Seniors

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Resources for Seniors

If you’re like most people, you want to remain in your home as you get older… but according to a new poll, you probably aren’t fully prepared to age in place.

New findings University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging suggest many people in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s need to do more to modify their homes or plan for services they many need if they want to avoid or delay a move.

Continue reading Are You Prepared to Age in Place?

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Are you one of the almost 4 million people who retired prematurely because of the pandemic?

New AARP research found that about two in five workers age 50+, who had recently retired, left a job or considered leaving a job, wouldn’t have done so had it not been for the pandemic. The data also shoes that one in five retired earlier than planned because of the pandemic.

Now that the COVID crisis has eased, many of those early retirees are looking to rejoin the workforce – perhaps with a meaningful encore career, like caregiving.

Continue reading Professional Caregiving Can be Your Encore Career

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Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke.

Every 3.5 minutes, someone dies of a stroke.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain can’t get the blood and oxygen it needs, so the brain cells die. Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of serious disability nationwide and around the world – but it doesn’t have to be. According to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes may be preventable.

Continue reading Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

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Resources for Families

Are your senior loved ones traveling with you on this summer’s family vacation?

“Lots of great memories are made on summer road trips, so it’s wonderful when grandma and grandpa are able to travel with the rest of the family,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner, the HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “If your senior has health issues or limited mobility, travel may be challenging – but it’s not impossible. Taking a few extra steps before you hit the road can help you overcome many of those travel challenges.”

Continue reading Six Tips For Road Tripping With Seniors

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The lingering COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone – especially older adults. According to an AARP Foundation report, two-thirds of adults reported experience social isolation and high levels of anxiety since the beginning of the  pandemic. And, unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent loneliness.

The good news is that there are things you can do to improve your senior loved one’s mental health and help them keep a positive outlook on life. Experts suggest you do the following:

Continue reading Ten Ways to Boost Your Senior’s Mental Health

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Resources for Seniors

A brisk 30-minute walk could do more than boost the step count on your smartwatch. It could significantly reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

“We know that regular physical activity is critical to healthy aging. It strengthens muscles, improves heart health and can prevent or delay many age-related conditions,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at Tudor Oaks Home Care’s partner HomeCare Advocacy Network (HCAN). “Scientists are now learning that keeping fit could also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.”

Continue reading Taking Steps to Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

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